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World leaders take us closer to climate disaster in Lima

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2434

World leaders met for United Nations (UN) talks in Lima, Peru, last week—and took us closer to climate disaster.

The Lima Call For Climate Action was hailed as a big step forward. But agreement was only reached by watering down governments’ commitments to do anything. 

This means that whatever treaty comes out of the UN Paris talks next year is likely to be weak.

A sharp drop in greenhouse gas emissions over the next two decades is essential to stop rising sea levels and disruption of weather patterns.  

But it’s unlikely that inadequate targets will be tightened or made binding —and there will be a massive loophole in the form of carbon trading. 

But 15,000 people protested in Lima last week demanding real action.

This movement from below, not meetings at the top, can avert disaster.

That’s why the Campaign Against Climate Change has called a “Time To Act” demonstration to pressure the British government, in London, on Saturday 7 March 2015.

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Tue 16 Dec 2014, 16:52 GMT
Issue No. 2434
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